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Bianchi will remain with Marussia in 2014 F1 season



bianchi-1The Russian based F1 squad Marussia recently confirmed that Jules Bianchi will continue with the team for 2014 F1 season.

Ferrari supported speedy is a member of the Ferrari driver academy, the rookie took his best finish a 13th place in the second race of this season at Malaysian Grand Prix.

“There is a link of course, because Jules is a Ferrari driver, but there’s no link in the deal whatsoever,” Principal John Booth told Reuters at the Korean Grand Prix. “It’s a nice fit.”

“Jules joined us at very short notice at the end of pre-season testing, with only two days of running under his belt,” said Booth in announcing the contract extension.

“He rose to the challenge of his debut season exceptionally well and since that time has clearly demonstrated his ability and potential.”

Britain’s Max Chilton is currently Bianchi’s team-mate and Booth said Marussia were talking with him about an extension.

“I have always made it plain I’d love to run the same drivers next year,” he said. “So we’ve got half the job done.”

Booth said the team had announced Bianchi’s deal without waiting for the full line-up because such news inevitably leaked out anyway.

“There’s nothing to be read into Max’s situation at all, The team are obviously keen to sign both of us, we’re just not at the same stage as Jules was… we’re working on things and progressing nicely,” he said. The Principal added.

Asked how confident he was of remaining, he replied: “You never know in Formula One. The option’s there, it’s just whether I can get everything together. It’s not as simple as it sometimes looks. I believe I’ve proven I deserve a chance and it’s just trying to get the deal done.”

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